Updates of Present and Vision for Tomorrow
There have been changes at Elora Centre for the Arts (ECFTA) and we’d like to share them with you.
Our Administrative Director, Sara Lin Barron, has left ECFTA to pursue other interests and we wish her well in her future endeavors. Changes in the Board are that we thank Joanne Grodzinski for her many years of devotion and service to ECFTA as Chair, but are happy that she will still be working for the Centre as Past Chair to share her substantial corporate memory and talent in the pursuit of our new vision. Thank you to both Sara Lin and to Joanne from all of us. Currently, Robbie Keith and Karen Fisher are sharing the role of Co-Chairs. Rami Aziz, a new member to the Board has come on and Gail Richardson, a very active volunteer will be coming off the Board in January to pursue volunteer work with family ties. A new Board list will be posted on the website as of January 1st, 2015.
The Minarovich Gallery will continue to host thoughtful and innovative exhibitions beginning in the New Year and The Harris Room will be active as a meeting, exhibition and social center within the Centre.
Due to an ongoing heating issue in the Centre, a decision was taken to put a pause on PD Days and March break programs from January to March for the duration of the repairs. These programs will resume in April. We thank you for your patience as we go through this major repair.
The Elora Centre for the Arts is pleased to announce that our Strategic Plan is complete. We thank you for your participation, your voice and your creative input for ideas for the future of our Centre. We listened. We were able to articulate a vision for the Centre’s future from these extensive consultations.
“The heart of the Centre for the Arts is space for diverse arts programming that draws people in from the community and beyond, with whatever studios, classes, exhibits and performances the artistic community chooses to mount. The artistic programming strength of the Centre for the Arts finds itself reinvented here as a tenant, without the burden of real estate management responsibility. There is a café and a museum shop. Enterprises that complement the artistic purpose of the space are also on-site, perhaps alongside residential units. The mix of tenants is intentionally guided so as to remain true to the original vision of community-benefit, financially viable space.”
The Centre is a hub for collaborative, creative and learning oriented tenants. It draws creative excellence from the local, regional and provincial community of like-minded innovators. The Centre is a destination of choice because of its design aesthetic, supportive culture, well-serviced spaces and dynamic vibe.
Its core contribution to the community is two-fold: high quality rental space that facilitates exciting synergies among creative and innovative people and organizations, and ultimately reinvestment in the artistic life of the community.
The result is truly greater than the sum of its parts.
This is the destination. The road is long and the Centre is now looking at partners to help us with the task of developing our greatest asset – our building. We are in consultation with several parties to present this vision in greater detail and with specifics of a plan to get us to this final point.
It takes time and careful planning to achieve this goal. We are on this pathway as we speak. Updates on significant results of our work will be posted on our website under a new heading called “Achieving the Vision”.
We are close and we thank you for your patience and continued support!